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Tracker data: MPs and the public support high ambition on climate

23 November 2023

Both MPs and the public believe the UK should be one of the most ambitious countries in the world when it comes to addressing climate change, regardless of what other countries are doing, with slightly higher support among MPs. Only a minority say that the UK should not take steps to address climate change until other bigger countries like the US and China agree to do the same.

Questions like this help to position the way in which the ‘wind is blowing’ on the UK’s international climate efforts – its important that large numbers of people are not disagreeing with the principle of high ambition. At the same time, endorsements like this can’t readily be translated into specific commitments at international negotiations, where the geopolitics of negotiating blocs, with very different priorities and perspectives, takes centre stage.

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  • Source: Climate Outreach
  • Date: 20th October 2020

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